technology-is-how

How technology influences everything, not why or what.

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Entrepreneurs are the new chosen people, Silicon Valley is the new selected land, and technology is the new religion. They assure us of a future that surpasses our wildest imaginations—a technological paradise brimming with nothing but longevity. We are now all considered devotees.

However, we frequently overlook the fact that technology is only the means, never the why or the what. It is merely a means to an end and not an end in itself. Additionally, we must always begin with the question of why. At least according to the word’s etymology, technology is composed of two Greek words: logos and techne. Techne refers to craftsmanship, art, or the process, method, or means through which something is acquired. Word, the utterance through which inner thought is communicated, a proclamation, or an expression are all definitions of logos. Therefore, technology literally refers to discourse or language concerning the acquisition of objects.

Unfortunately, the original meaning of technology has been forgotten and it has come to signify something distinct. The larger issue, however, is not the definitional change. The issue at hand pertains to the apparent transformation of technology from a mere instrument to a purpose; rather, it has evolved into an end in itself.

We frequently hear individuals declare, “I am a firm believer in technology,” as if technology were God. Thus, we fail to recognize that there is a distinction between enjoying or employing something and worshiping it. I am an avid user and supporter of technology. However, I never venerate it. Due to the fact that veneration leads to unthinking servitude. Additionally, I desire to be in control of my technology rather than its slave. However, our society may already be on a different path than idealistic romantics such as myself:

Historically, we acted in accordance with divine directives. Presently, our actions are determined by “what technology wants.” Pretense being that God’s will on earth was predetermined. Supposedly, what technology creates or does today is “inevitable.” According to a statement by Philip K. Dick, one ought not to voluntarily comply with something simply because it possesses the quality of being inevitable.

Consequently, in the same way that following God leads to fulfillment in Christianity, we “follow” technology today. However, we overlook the fact that we can become subjugated in either scenario. Are we the instruments of our tools or the rulers ourselves? Do we manifest a religious fetishism towards technological artifacts? Do we develop cults of personality around techno-prophets? Do we have our hearts set on emerging techno-religions, such as dataism? Slaves being completely cognizant of the fact that they are not free distinguishes technology from servitude, according to Nassim Taleb.

Regarding this, those are the inquiries that I intend to pose. I also wish you inquire about them. Because asking inquiries brings about a transformation in the world. Furthermore, technology alone is insufficient. However, the instant we cease to inquire, we immediately become enslaved. As Arthur C. Clarke astutely predicted:

“Before you are captivated by visually appealing devices and captivating video displays, allow me to remind you that knowledge does not equal information; wisdom does not equal knowledge; and wisdom does not equal foresight. “We require each of them, as they all develop from the other.”

Technology is reasonably effective at delivering desires, but it is abysmally inadequate at providing necessities. It is proficient in imparting knowledge and information, but it is abhorrent at imparting wisdom. Although it facilitates longer, more comfortable, and easier lives, it does not provide an explanation for the purpose of existence or guidance on how to approach one’s existence. Above all else, technology does not contribute to our happiness. An app exists not even for pleasure. Not yet, at the very least. [Moreover, I would concur with Nassim Taleb that that is the means to slavery, if and when it materializes.]

Thus, although intelligence can facilitate the attainment of our objectives, it is wisdom that enables us to discern the appropriateness or inappropriateness of our desires. Intelligence is only effective under such circumstances. Because acquiring knowledge while lacking the discernment to discern what is desirable and undesirable is a frequent route to self-destruction.

The day when technology becomes the reason or the means and humanity becomes the means is the day when our freedom ends. Because both the instrument and the purpose will transform into one another. For this reason, maintaining a proper perspective on our priorities is vital. Additionally, to advocate for them.

Originally, technology was defined as an instrument or a means to an end; it was never intended to be an objective in and of itself. Although it can be beneficial as a crutch, its use can enslave us unless we condition and develop our own strength; this is true of all supports. It can therefore enable us to the same extent that it can disable us. Thus, there is no risk that computers will evolve to resemble humans. The true threat is the transformation of humanity into computers. Gerd Leonhard once advised, “Embrace technology without becoming it.”

Possibly my perception that technology alone is insufficient is that of a naive romantic. Ethics is the most effective operating system, both now and in the future. Additionally, concerned that an unethical society endowed with limitless technological prowess will perish. Because although technology has the potential to lead us astray or save us, it will not be the cause of our demise. Therefore, it is advisable to commence by contemplating the reasons behind. How will be required later.

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